Relationship between the Covid-19 lockdown and the food-distribution programmes of India.

As we all know that the entire nation has been hit by a deadly virus named Coronavirus which has compelled the world to come to a halt and the people to get locked down in their own houses. 

The scientists are working hard to bring out a vaccine that would fight against this deadly virus. The Government has also taken adequate steps by declaring nation wide lockdown till May 3,2020. We as citizens will also have to understand the gravity of this situation and will have to co-operate with the Government in order to fight against this pandemic situation. 

I as a citizen of India strongly support this decision of locking down the entire nation because I feel it is only for the betterment of the situation,especially when the vaccine to fight against this virus is yet to come, for our family and our protection.The only way to flatten the curve is to stay indoors and maintain social distancing. 

We belong to one of those extremely privileged section of the society because we are getting ample supply of necessary commodities to lead a comfortable life even in this lockdown. But the question is  everyone equally privileged? Absolutely No. Specially the daily wage earners are not being able to earn their daily bread. As a result the Government is trying its best to reach to each and every poor family in order to provide all the necessary commodities. But the question arises that whether India’s Food based safety net and the distribution channels is really effective in this coronavirus lockdown? 

As a response to this lockdown, India is building the world’s largest channel of food distribution system to provide food to its poor citizens. India’s huge population is a big challenge for the Government. On March 26, Government announced $22.6 billion relief package where the poor people will be able to get 5 kg of either rice or wheat and 1 kg of preferred pulses per month free. But still there are many real world problems when it comes to implementation of this plan, the first being the low penetration in the rural areas. The amount of food grains assigned are not really very practical for a huge populous country like India. The food quality must also be checked. But still fighting all these odds Government is trying its best to benefit its poor citizens by providing the adequate amount of food grains and adapting necessary steps to flatten the curve and not become the next Italy. 

Debashree Deb
Batch 2019-21